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April 30, 2010

Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2010 3:49 pm
From: Diocese of Albany
Subject: Diocesan Update
April 30, 2010

Statement from the Rt. Rev’d William H Love, Bishop of Albany, on the Restoration of the Rt. Rev’d Daniel W. Herzog

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

      As most of you are aware, shortly after his retirement as the Eighth Bishop of Albany, Bishop Herzog resigned his Holy Orders. In so doing, he made one of the most difficult decisions of his life, one that he has struggled with these past three years. He did so in obedience to his understanding of what he believed the Lord was calling him to do at the time in preparation for returning to the Roman Catholic Church, which was the Church of his youth.

      For the past three years, Bishop Dan and I have maintained our friendship and have talked on several occasions about his decision to return to the Catholic Church. After much thought and prayer he has discovered that his heart is still very much with the people and Diocese of Albany whom he truly loves and committed his entire 36 years of ordained ministry serving. Earlier this Spring, Bishop Dan asked if I would be open to him returning to an active ordained ministry as a priest in the Diocese of Albany. I asked him; if possible, would he consider coming back not only as a priest, but as a bishop in order to assist me in ministering to the Diocese.

      On Maundy Thursday, Bishop Dan and I went to New York to meet with the Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev’d Katherine Jefferts Shori. Bishop Dan rescinded his renunciation and the Presiding Bishop with the advice and consent of her Advisory Council, accepted and restored Bishop Herzog effective April 28, 2010.

      Earlier today, while meeting with the priests of the Diocese, during the Annual Priest Retreat, I announced that Bishop Daniel Herzog has been fully restored to the Ordained Ministry of this Church, with the attendant obligations of Ministerial office, and endowed with the right to exercise the gifts and spiritual authority as a Minister of God’s Word and Sacraments in this Church conferred on him in his Ordinations. I invited Bishop Dan to celebrate the closing Eucharist at the retreat.

      Though he has never really been absent from our common life, I invite you to join me in formally welcoming Bishop Dan and Carol back to the full communion of the diocese and the wider church. During the past three years, they have continued to support the work of the diocese and to participate in a non-ordained capacity. His restored role will be of help in carrying out the work of the Church, and I will be asking him to assist in this Diocese under my direction as is true of any retired bishop. Similarly, Bishop David Ball as been assisting me in various ways these past three years and by the grace of God will continue to do so. I am very appreciative to Bishop Ball a nd now Bishop Herzog for their willingness to join me in ministering to the people of the Diocese of Albany.

      All baptized Christians, both laity and clergy, have a share in the apostolic mission the Lord holds out for the Church and I am delighted that Bishop Dan and Carol can officially take their place among us again in the Diocese of Albany. I ask your prayers for all who labor for Christ and his kingdom across these nineteen counties.

Faithfully Yours in Christ,

Statement from the Rt Rev. Daniel W. Herzog on his restoration:

      I want to extend my deep appreciation to Bishop Love and to the Presiding Bishop for their kindness and pastoral solicitude. Carol and I are grateful for the continuing opportunity to serve our Lord and His church in the Diocese of Albany. My only plan is to assist in any way Bishop Bill directs. We are honored to resume a fuller place among the clergy and laity of the diocese.

Your Brother in Christ,

A brief testimony on Yazoo City–Updated

April 30, 2010

Isaiah 35:9 (New Living Translation)
Lions will not lurk along its course, nor any other ferocious beasts. There will be no other dangers. Only the redeemed will walk on it.

Because of tragic car accidents, some intercessors in Yazoo had cried out to God about the safety of the roads. They had asked for the cleansing of the roads used in the transport of slaves. They had spoken life on the roads. They had claimed Isaiah 35’s highway of holiness for the roads.
I keep hearing of remarkable road stories during the tornado. I know of two cars picked up the the wind and then gently set back down. Yesterday I heard of a father and young son sucked out of a pickup truck. They found themselves sitting side by side on the ground next to the truck. Although the prayers were not said with a tornado in mind, I can’t help but wonder if the prayers of the saints activated a supernatural work of God’s holy angels.

UPDATE: I just heard another one. A holy family of intercessors lives in Yazoo. The grandfather had to be taken to the ER in Jackson before the tornado. A cousin went to pick up the four children left at home. The cousin had a total of six children in the pickup truck. She was fleeing Yazoo on the highway. They could see the storm cloud. She can’t explain it, but her truck was supernaturally pushed down the highway out of the path of destruction into a safe zone.

Praise God!

Psalm 51:1-4

April 30, 2010

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. (Psalm 51:1)
      Jesus, I come to you; in your mercy blot out all my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. (Psalm 51:2)
      Holy Spirit, please do this work in me.

For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. (Psalm 51:3)
      Holy Spirit, bring us all to such self-knowledge.

Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight–that you may be found just when you speak, and blameless when you judge. (Psalm 51:4)
      Father, come among us at the Diocesan Convention and bring us all to such self-knowledge. Help us truly acknowledge our sins and transgressions against you and your righteousness laws. Please help us receive the forgiveness you are offering us through your son Jesus. Thank you.

      Father, we pray for your work among your people.

      Holy Spirit, we pray we will have hearts to respond to what you are doing among us.

      Holy Spirit, we pray for a revival of faithfulness and truth among your people.

      Jesus, we pray for wells and springs of living water to open up in every parish and at the Diocesan Convention.

Friday: 51; Exodus 34:18-35; 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13; Matthew 5:27-37
Saturday: 138,139:1-17(18-23); Exodus 40:18-38; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12; Matthew 5:38-48;

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkx8WAycYAc&feature=related

***** Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
      Pray for the Holy Spirit will move us to hope at the Diocesan Convention. Pray for a renewal of hope centered in God throughout this diocese. Thank you.

Albany Intercessor

Quotable: St Catherine of Siena – I am famished for your light

April 29, 2010

I found this lovely quote this morning at Amy Welborn’s blog:

When you fill my soul I have an even greater hunger, and I grow more famished for your light. I desire above all to see you, the true light, as you really are.

— St. Catherine of Siena, from the 4/29 Office of Readings – her feast.

Kendall Harmon posted this wonderful prayer for St. Catherine’s feast day yesterday:

Everlasting God, who didst so kindle the flame of holy love in the heart of blessed Catherine of Siena, as she meditated on the passion of thy Son our Savior, that she devoted her life to the poor and the sick, and to the peace and unity of the Church: Grant that we also may share in the mystery of Christ’s death, and rejoice in the revelation of His Glory, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Personal update–Yazoo City

April 29, 2010

After several days of disrupted service, our computer is now functioning. My hometown, Yazoo City, MS, was hit by an unusually large tornado on Saturday. For the level of destruction, it is miraculous that only four lives were lost. Amazing stories of survival abound–cars lifted up in the air for 20 feet and then set back down, a man hiding under a communion table while the entire church around him is flattened. Our family and congregation are unharmed; our rectory and church untouched. The community is now hard at work.
I thank God for His tender mercies, and I pray that the Holy Spirit will just as surely blow through our hometown.

Jill Woodliff

Psalm 114

April 29, 2010

When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, (Psalm 114:1)
      Lord, lead us out of bondage to sin; help us walk in the freedom you alone can give.

Judah became his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion. (Psalm 114:2)
      Jesus, have dominion over us — help each of us in this diocese be a sanctuary for your Holy Spirit.

The sea saw it and fled; Jordan turned back. (Psalm 114:3)
      Father, please help us remember all your mighty deeds and tell them to the next generation. Bless the witness of all those who minister to the children and youth at the Diocesan Convention.

The mountains skipped like rams, the little hills like lambs. (Psalm 114:4)
      Lord, we pray that all of your creation will rejoice at what you are doing for your people.

What ails you, O sea, that you fled? O Jordan, that you turned back? (Psalm 114:5)
      Father, you made a way through for your people: they passed through the Red Sea and through the Jordan River with dry feet. Help us go through every obstacle and fulfill your purposes for us.

O mountains, that you skipped like rams? O little hills, like lambs? (Psalm 114:6)
      Holy Spirit, set our hearts to rejoicing as well!

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, (Psalm 114:7)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts to awe at what you have done among us; help us praise you as we ought. Turn our hearts to praise and worship of Jesus.

Who turned the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a fountain of waters. (Psalm 114:8 )
      Holy Spirit, please turn the stony places in my heart to fountains of living water. Thank you for all that you are doing in my life. Amen.

speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, (Ephesians 5:19)
      Father, help me speak your words of rejoicing and praise to my own heart as well. Help me to wake up each morning singing your praises. Thank you.
      A word received: Come to me. Look to me.
      Pray for revival. Pray for my people to be transformed by the power of my Holy Spirit.

      Lord, I pray that I too will be transformed by the power of your Holy Spirit; please move in my heart.

Thursday: [59,60] or 114, 115; Exodus 34:1-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13-20; Matthew 5:21-26
Friday: 51; Exodus 34:18-35; 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13; Matthew 5:27-37

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out “How Deep the Father’s Love” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8tUP1R6hPo&feature=related

***** Pray for the Holy Spirit will move us to repentance at the Diocesan Convention. Pray for good weather and freedom from mosquitoes, black flies and bears at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

Albany Intercessor

Exodus 33:17-23

April 28, 2010

So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in my sight, and I know you by name.” (Exodus 33:17)
      Father, help us find grace in you sight; help us know you by name.

And he said, “Please, show me your glory.” (Exodus 33:18 )
      Father, show us your glory. Please reveal your glory as we worship you at the Diocesan Convention.

Then he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” (Exodus 33:19)
      Jesus, we ask you to have compassion on us in our weakness.

But he said, “You cannot see my face; for no man shall see me, and live.” (Exodus 33:20)
      Father, help us accept and live by the boundaries you have set for us.

And the Lord said, “Here is a place by me, and you shall stand on the rock. (Exodus 33:21)
      Jesus, you are the rock we want to stand on. You are the rock that does not move or shake.

So it shall be, while my glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with my hand while I pass by. (Exodus 33:22)
      Father, please hide us in that cleft of the rock where you pass by.

Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back; but my face shall not be seen.” (Exodus 33:23)
      Father, reveal yourself to us by your Holy Spirit. Help us come to know you more each day and love you more. Thank you.

Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
Text: Augustus M. Toplady, 1740-1778
Music: Thomas Hastings, 1784-1872
Tune: TOPLADY, Meter: 77.77.77

1.      Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
      let me hide myself in thee;
      let the water and the blood,
      from thy wounded side which flowed,
      be of sin the double cure;
      save from wrath and make me pure.

2.      Not the labors of my hands
      can fulfill thy law’s commands;
      could my zeal no respite know,
      could my tears forever flow,
      all for sin could not atone;
      thou must save, and thou alone.

3.      Nothing in my hand I bring,
      simply to the cross I cling;
      naked, come to thee for dress;
      helpless, look to thee for grace;
      foul, I to the fountain fly;
      wash me, Savior, or I die.

4.      While I draw this fleeting breath,
      when mine eyes shall close in death,
      when I soar to worlds unknown,
      see thee on thy judgment throne,
      Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
      let me hide myself in thee.

Wednesday: 49,[53]; Exodus 33:1-23; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Matthew 5:17-20
Thursday: [59,60] or 114, 115; Exodus 34:1-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13-20; Matthew 5:21-26

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out “Here I Am to Worship” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoxopsRSfdU&feature=fvw

***** Pray for a move of the Holy Spirit at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

Albany Intercessor

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